PRESS RELEASE – The Physiotherapy Association of St. Lucia Inc. (PASL) which is a non-profit organization representing physiotherapists here from June, 2013, was inaugurated into the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) on April 28, 2015.
This Association exists to promote the profession on the island and to ensure that the highest standards of practice is encouraged amongst its members.
The Association’s Executive comprises:
Ms. Eyonthe Husbands – President
Dr. Sibyl Edward – Secretary
Ms. Zhenya Allain – Treasurer
Ms. Kim Jackson – PRO.
The WCPT is the sole international voice for physiotherapy, representing more than 350,000 physiotherapists worldwide through its 106 member organisations divided into five Regions. St. Lucia a member of North America Caribbean Region of WCPT.
Physiotherapists are linked to WCPT through national associations only and those associations must meet set criteria before being admitted. St. Lucia is just one of fourteen other North American and Caribbean countries to have been awarded membership thus far.
The other members are Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and USA. Given the mandate of The WCPT, it is hope that St. Lucia can benefit from support in terms of continuing education for physiotherapists, access to advances in research literature, global health movements and exchange of information on matters pertaining to the profession of physiotherapy.
Representing St. Lucia at this auspicious ceremony held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore was Ms. Eyonthe Husbands (President – PASL) and Ms. Crystal Showers (member – PASL).
President Husbands enthusiastically reports that “the ability to tap into international Associations for improving relations, ideas and knowledge cannot be over emphasized”. She also feels that being a member of the WCPT warrants PASL having a voice in matters relating to Health Promotion and Wellness in St. Lucia.
Congratulations to the Physiotherapy Association of St. Lucia Inc.!